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U.S. Plastics Pact Statement on “The United States’ Contribution of Plastic Waste to Land and Ocean”

The following statement can be attributed to U.S. Plastics Pact Executive Director Emily Tipaldo:

“The need for the U.S. Plastics Pact is once again underscored by the new study published in Science Advances, October 30, 2020, “The United States’ contribution of plastic waste to land and ocean.” The U.S. Plastics Pact (“U.S. Pact”) is a collaborative, solutions-driven initiative led by The Recycling Partnership and World Wildlife Fund (“WWF”), as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastic Pact network, that has unified stakeholders across the entire plastics value chain to rethink the way we design, use, and reuse plastics. The plastics packaging value chain in the U.S. recognizes that systemwide change is required to realize a circular economy.

Launched in August 2020, the U.S. Plastics Pact is currently developing its national framework – or roadmap – that will articulate how its members will achieve each of our four targets by 2025, including the elimination of unnecessary plastics, and significant use of post-consumer recycled content. Outcomes, tactics, and policy support will be evident in the roadmap to be published Spring 2021. The U.S. Pact will ignite change and accelerate progress by setting the national strategy through structure, coherence, transparency and reporting to create scalable solutions that are tailored to fit the unique needs and challenges of the U.S. system. Similar to other Pacts globally, the U.S. Plastics Pact will use its voice to provide direction on reduction, design guidelines, policy, education, labeling, access and infrastructure.

The U.S. Pact will provide the strategy to advance the recyclability of packaging and assist the U.S. transition from the linear take-make-waste model to a circular economy for plastic, so it never becomes waste or pollution.

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